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Page Four  3WiSh {:ran$ffip[ "Th, so=, Sow.pp,r o Pcic J.y,, October 19, 1928 Cb Jewish Cran$ript 4 Weekly Newspaper for the Jewish People o[ the Pacific Northwest Issued Every Friday at 1616 Eighth Ave., Seattle, Washington. Phone MAin 2715 HERMAN A. HOROWITZ ................. .Publisher and Managing Editor A. H. MILLER .......................................................................... Business Manager OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER ...................... Bushnell Studio, Arcade Bldg. A Weekly Publication Devoted to the Interests of the Jewish People of Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia and Alaska. Entered u second class matter September 5, 1924, at the Post Office at Seattle, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Single Copies, 5 Cents $2.00 per Year Advertising Rates Upon Application Vol. V. Friday, October 19, 1928 No. 33 CHAT0000y Chatter Anent Our Sephardic Brethren Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are past! The season for mental stock-taking being over (sic!), Rabbis and cantors many of us, no doubt, would again go into slumber and Nho Ascends the Hill of the Lord! I am somewhat of a strange fel- low. I am inclined to be full of sentiment. Not that wishy-washy stuff, I hope, which so many Indi- viduals and crowds manifest on certain occasions, when they give vent to emotions so unintelligently and play their uncontrolled hys- terias to the skies. All that means nothing in their lives. They just want to make a show of them- selves. That is all. Nothing else to them. They are just empty bags of wind. And I often wonder what is deep down in the souls of many who ascend the hill of the Lord. Oh, I would not include in this cate- gory, for after all they are sup- and interest. How many people attend churches? Church member- ship is another of those appear- ance-sakes, and oft means nothing at all. There is a difference be- tween membership and financial obligation. Not a few think that they can promise and not come through, or that they can get away with giving much less than they should while they spend freely and extravagantly on all kinds of un- necessary luxuries and other things. Then look at the number of people who live on credit and those who fail to pay their obliga- tions, and yet have the gall to look everybody boldly in the face. How is the Jewish case? Not any dif- ferent than the Christian, and per- haps slightly worse; and I am not resume the sweet prolonged sleep of indifference. Fortu- nately, not all of us join this lethargic group, which wakens temporarily from its stupor only on the High Holy Days. Our Sephardic brethrenlatest arrivals into the Pacific Northwest (though, a fact often forgotten among the first Jewish followers of Columbus into this land of the free) are, in Seattle, fast imbibing a spirit of unity and accom- plishment and swiftly departing from chaos and aloofness into a solidarity which should spell pride and success in the hearts of all friends of progressive united endeavor. For some time past The Jewish Transcript has been aware that one of the Sephardic congregations in Seattle-- of which there are three--purchased a spacious parcel of land on Twentieth Avenue and East Fir Street, and con- templated the erection of a house of worship for its mem- bers. From conversation with several of our Spanish-speaking coreligionists, we realized, to our immense pleasure, that they are treading the firm and fertile ground of concerted action as the true road to success, rather than the stumbling, devious road, full of obsacles, which inevitably leads to deso- lation and failure. It has come to our ears that negotiations are pending between the three Sephardic synagogues--the Ezra Bessa- roth, Bikur Holim and Ahavath Ahim--to unite in effort and build one big strong Synagogue, Talmud Torah and social and cultural Centre, that would be a credit to our Sephardic Jews directly, and a source of pride and satisfac- tion to the rest of Seattle Jewry. The season for mental stock-taking is over for a good many of us. However, great credit is deserving to those who, after their mental stock-taking and communion with God, crystalize their thoughts into resolves which mean material aspiration and accomplishment. To the members of the Ezra Bessaroth, Bikur Holim and Ahavath Ahim, and their indomitable leaders and Rabbis, we doff our hats. We urge them to proceed with the aim of a united community It is a step in the right direction and should be encouraged and assisted by every thinking Jew. We are confident that, with one united Sephardic commu- nity, there are great tasks for cultural and material advance- ment which should arrest the attention of these crusaders for progress. It has always been a source of wonder to us why, with- out any apparent palpable differences whatsoever, except the particular portion of sky under which they were born our Sephardic brothers should have grouped themselves into three separate sections, when so much more could be accom- plished with teamwork and pulling together. We heartily endorse and encourage those of our Sep- hardic brethren who contemplate this noble action and wish them monumental and lasting success in their lofty endeavor for the betterment of our Seattle Jewish Community. More power to youtoilers for strength and unity. Your Opinions--Please.* We have devoted our editorial this week to a matter of controversial interest, and we hope to do so with similar matters of interest for some time to come. It would be more than appreciated if our readers would, from time to time, let us have their written opinions on the subjects under dis- cussion. We would like to see a regular correspondence "Open Forum" run in our columns. Every kind of opinion is appreciated. Every subject of general interest is welcome. It would be gratifying to know, by the amount of corre- spondence received, that our Seattle readers were not too engrossed in the toil of the day to spare some little attention to the various matters of Jewish interest. LETTERS, PLEASEI CONFIDENT THAT JEWISH AGENCY WILL BE FORMED London, Oct. 9 (J. T. A.)Con- fident that his forthcoming visit to the United States will result in the final consummation of the Jewish Agency was expressed by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, when interviewed by the Jewish Tele- graphic Agency on the eve of his departure tomorrow for America. "I do not regard the differenecs existing between the decisions of the Zionist General Council and the recommendations of the Palestine Survey Commission as being of an irreconcilable nature. I feel that the American non-Zionists are will- ing to participate in the work for the uphulhling of Palestine and ilelp toward its success. I hope to settle matters definitely during my present visit to the United States an dto finally bring the Jew- ish Agency into existence," the Zionist leader stated. Dr. Weizmann added that he in- tends to call a meeting of the Zionist General Council by the end of December, 1928, to act upon the results of his present American trip. DR. ALFRED KAHN DIES ON EVE OF WEDDING Atlantic City, N. J., Oct. 9 (J. T. A.)--.Dr. Alfred Kahn of 48 East Forty-ninth Street, New York dropped dead of heart disease in the lobby of a beach4ront hotel here today. His age was 46. He had planned to be married here tomorrow to Miss Maybelle Shopleigh of New York. lie came here on Saturday with his fiance and his brother, I. Theodore Kahn. The marriage license had been ob- tained, it was said at the hotel, and everything was ready for the wed- ding. The body has been taken to New York. Dr. Kahn was a well-known nose and throat specialist, and had been assistant surgeon of the New York Eye and Ear Iniirmary, 218 Second Avenue, for several years. He was a fellow of the American Medical Association, and of the Academy of Medicine of New York, and a member of the New York State Medical Society and the New York County Medical Society. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1904. posed to be sincere and earnest; though I have been told that many are not, are in it for the noise they can make and the glory they can take to themselves. 1 would not like to think this, but that is what I am told. I may be unsophisti- cated in this respect. Yet, I often wonder just how much sincerity and earnestness there, are in the laymen who grab the chance to lead in prayer. I am ready to come right out with it here. I have in my lifetime known laymen (the women were not so forward in that matter then, and they are not so much that way even now, though 1 imagine that those who do this duty are really pious), who have fussed so that they can lead in prayer and they have been alto- gether hypocrites in their daily lives; do not want to know what goodness of heart is, much less be it themselves. I do not understand how people, unless they be like unto them, can listen to such. To me, it does seem to debase religion. Still, there is so much of it about. Perhaps that is why I like my re- ligious devotion in solitary as a rule. I used to hear in my younger days that it was a provision in the synagogue life that only a true- hearted and whole-souled man could act as reader or leader of the prayers. If anyene could, surely such should come up to the ideal of the psalmist. Peek-a-Booh With Religious School I observe that the annual religi- ous school rush has begun. Some parents send their chi.ldren to re- ligious school to receive an educa- tion in Judaism. Others 'do so to have them out of the way on Sun- day mornings. Many of them have a notion that this is their chance to advertise how brilliant their chil- dren are, even though they are as dull as possible, and demand that their chtldi-en shall be regarded as prize pets. Many others also have an idea that religious education ends at ,Bar Mitzwah and Confirma- tion, the latter at a usually ridic- ulouMy early age, Just as they have a notion that the history of the Jew ends with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. And I could go along ad infinitum, if not ad nauseam, and tell many more queer notions of fathers and moth- ers, and of those who are not even fathers and mothers. Then, I am informed timt anybody is allowed to teach, Just as children come :and go, learn or not, prepare or not as they wish, behave or not. That is why so many of our religious schools amount to nothing. Parents are not interested, children are less and teachers cannot teach because they know not how, and even know not what should be taught. He- brew is taboo. Bah, it is dead; why teach it to the children? It will not do them any good. Some schools look fine on the inside or from the outside, but enter and you are going to find much awry. I am afraid that we will have to make many parents of Jewish faith all over again if we want to have children attached to Judaism. They are too often impressed with the fact that the Sunday School, as they persistently call it (and I can not understand why), is there to be there. Our Christian friends have them, and we must likewise for appearance sake. For Appearance Sake Is not that the bunk? And yet our good Jews and Jewesses have it to beat the band. It makes no difference what kind it be, either; the pious or impious, the good or bad or indifferent, the regular or the annualists, the rabbis or the laity, there is little to choose be- tween them. Of course, I do not condemn, I merely recount my ob- servations. People are self-con- scious that others will say some- thing about them, and so they have a notion that they must do certain things. It is the old society bug after all. A big noise Is made, but there is nothing to it. That is the religion and everything else of a great number of people. That is why there is no sincerity, no true friendship, no anything worth while. That Is why the great vir- tues are rare gems. Tho idea has taken root in the minds of many that virtues do not take people very far. So, just as people are re- ligious or not for appearance sake in the same manner they are everything else, and for the same reason. That is human nature, I suppose. Membership Plus I read the other day something to the effect that we need not be alarmed since church membership has been gaining, that in an esti- mated population in this conutry of 117,000,000 there are more than 54,000,000, so that 47 persons out of every hundred belong to some church. That may not be such a very bad showing, but there ls a big difference between membership mean about this. When the Jew is poor or persecuted, h as a rule supports his synagogue and at- tends; when he begins to get rich and permits himself all extrava- gances, he skids quite a bit. Mem- bership is out of all proportion to what it should be, and so is sup- port, and so is attendance. In all things there must be--membership plus. To Abolish the Tip Oft and again I chance to hear that a determined effort is being made to abolish the tip. The tip certainly is a degrading and en- slaving procedure. It is nothing short of begging, and even worse, and has reached such proportions and such insistencies as to have become a national and interna- tional disgrace and debauchery. Everybody who does something to assist or to serve stands by and awaits payment in kind. If it is not forthcoming, and if its size does not comport with the self-ascribed dignity of the individual who ex- pects it, there is either retail]at]on in word or deed, or else some other means of expressing indignation and effrontry. Wherever in the world you go, you have that dis- turbing experience. The whole thing has been aggrevated by the over-lavish and extravagant and and show-off giver, and this has given the idea of the extortionate importunist. I am not going to tell the various modes and schemes. They are pretty well known to you all. They destroy morale. They are humiliating. They make cow- ards of the public and scullions of the servers. Not a few of the lat- ter scramble for positions for which they pay a premium in or- der that they may reap the harvest of big tips. A movement has been on foot in some recipient quarters to do away with this menace and demand appropriate and adequate wages. Thereshould be a na- tional and international movement for this purpose. Which Reminds Me of Another Kind of a Tip There is another kind of a hold- up under holy restrictions. This may be sacrilege, but I am going to take a chance at it anyway. I re- fer now to the tips of certain of- fieials in church and synagogue. At times it reaches likewise to shame- ful proportions. There are fees for weddings and funerals, for all kinds of occasions and prayers, and what not else. And the miulster or whatever he may be called stands by with his hand out, fig- uratively if not actually. In churches, the priest gets a tip for masses and confessions and what not else; while the pastor expects little rewards for services rendered. And in the synagogue, we have the same thing, sanctioned by time. The rabbi, the chazan, the schochet and the shamess are all there for the hand-down. I cannot blame them. It is a wretched system. They have for the most part to eke out a precarious livelihood; and they must take every opportunity. And then where schnodering ob- tains, the poor fellow gets his share too. That is why some illiterate and pompous fellow many years ago referred to these synagogue of- ficials as respectable schnorrers Can you beat that? And who are those creatures who make such re- marks? The whole business needs revamping. Everything should be so arranged that tips, whether called by any other names or not, should be eliminated in the syna- gogue. The Educational Center I want to say a word of praise for the Educational Center of Seat- tle, maintained ,by the local chap- ter of th e Council of Jewish Women, and which functions in the interests of the foreign group. From what I lmve been told, and I crave indulgence if I err any- way, it comprises a dental clinic a medical clinic, and cultural en- deavor of much variety. This is splendid constructive endeavor and should be rightly estimated. This section of the community is no mean factor in the community's general development. It cherishes our traditions with a just passion. I happen to know as I was practi- cally brought up with the group in my boyhood days. I always did enjoy the tremendous fervor of their devotions, as well as their de- votion, their cultural aspirations, their burning desire for Jewish edu- cation in all its phases and aspects. This group could well be a great example for all of us. And the time and energy expended in that interest is never wasted. I would urge. general attention to this ac- tivity, and I would further suggest more appreciation thereof. I am afraid that too many of us do not appreciate that in which we are not wholly concerned, and which does not specifically reach to ns. we must get out of this state of Petra--The Rose Bed City of the Desert Put on Map ByJewM00 Artist's Painting Perhaps the outstanding feature of the British Art Section at the Can- adian National Exhil)ition in Tor- onto, held in August and September, was the work of ])avid Bomberg. And thin m an interesting fact to all Jews who take any interest at all in Jewish art development and in Palestine art activity. Bomberg is an artist who created a storm in England by his "futurist" work in the days before the war. When the war broke out, he joined up and served in France with the British forces. Some ,ears ago he went to Palestine and painted at first under the auspices of the Zionist Organization. Sir Ronald Storrs, then Governor of Jerusalem, inter- ested himself in his work and per- suaded him to go to Petra, in Trans- jordan, to paint that "rose-red city half as old as time." It was an ad- venturous expedition on which Bom- imrg and his wife accordingly em- barked in 1924, and quite apart from the artistic merit of Bomberg's paint- ings, his testimony as a visitor to this almost unknown area has been hailed as an important event. When Bomberg, a few weeks ago, held an exhibition of his paintings at the Leicester Gallerics,-the leading pri- vate gallery in London, Sir Ronald Steers, who loaned a number of the paintings of Palestine, wrote in his foreword to the catalogue: "To one whose duty, privilege and pride it was for eight years to walk al)out Zion, mark well her bulwarks and go round about the towers thereof, these things are Jerusalem. Bomberg, through his paintings, has painted better and more lasting propaganda than he or the Zionists knew." Sir Alexander Kennedy, the fam- ous archeologist who wrote the standard work on Petra, also contrib- uted to the catalogue, expressing the hope that Bomberg's pictures would increase the general interest in "this wonderful rose-red city." Bomberg has a numl)er of paintings BY JOSEPH LEFTWICH in the National Gallery of British Art in London, in the Manchester Art Gallery and in a numl)er of otlmr ublic galleries. Only this week the ity Council of Birmingham, where he was I)orn, has pnrchascd one of his pictures, and his big work exhibited at the Canadian National Exhi/)ition !has t)cen reserved by the Canadian Pacific Railway, which is removing it to its head offices. There is also a very large picture, "The Memorial to the Canadian Tunnelling Com- pany in the War," which was com- missioned by the Canadian War Records and ]s now housed in Ottawa in a l)uihting specially erected to house a number of such war pictures painted by famous British artists. Others of 1oml)erg's works are in the ))ossession of Lord Melchett, Sir hilip Sassoon, Sir Robert Waley Cohen, and other leading personages. The history of how Bombcrg came to Petra bristles with adventure. The journey was made through the desert during the time of the Wahibi in- vasion of Transjordan. Very little is really known about Petra. The Arabs identify it with the place where Moses struck the rock to quench the thirst of the children of Israel in the desert. They also mistakenly place the tomb of Aaron in the vicinity of Petra. Petra is known to them only by the name Vady Muss (the Vale of Moses), and Aaron's tomb as Jabal Harun. There can be no doubt that this rock fastness was known to Moses, for it lies midway between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, and in passing into the country of Edom, where Esau had his inheritance, the fantastic pin- nacles of Petra's rocks wouhl be only too likely to attract the attention of the wandering people whom Moses led. Petra is frequently referred to in the Bible by its Hebrew name Sela. tiered, who ruled in Jerusalem, went more than once to Petra to obtain help or money from his friend, the Nabatean King there, and his grand- self-centeredness. I am going to watch the fine effort grow. And the Y. M. H. A. and Y. W. H.A. What I have just said detracts none from the labor of other or-' ganizations. The Y. M. H. A. and Y. W. H. A. have a glorious past in Seattle, and their future is not less glorious. They have had re- markable leaders in days gone by, some of whom have drifted into other activities, but they have also some good ones today, and are making more for tomorrow. I am going to dwell upon their work very shortly at greater length, and I will then touch upon the varied ener- gies. But as parts of the Jewish Welfare Board it is today excep- tionally active, as it has been at all times, in extending courtesies to soldiers and sailors of Jewish faith at stations in this section, es- pecially at festival time. This fall it did itself proud, and many thanks are due to that fine worker and president, Max Friedman, that Ilndefatigable secretary, Joseph Kosokoff, members of the board, and the membership generally for their good work. May it likewise grow, for in its growth it becomes i more and more a community asset. Let age and youth, adultage and childhood, men and women, past toilers and present, join hand to hand and heart to heart in devel- opment and expansion of an activ- ity which builds the community and Jewishly naturalizes it. Immigrant Boy Wins A Mayor's Scholarship Philadelphia, ,Oct. 9 (J. T. A.)-- An eighteen-year-old Jewish boy, who arrived from Russia only five years ago, has won the scholar- ship offered by the Mayor of Phila- delphia for four years' free tuition at the University of Pennsylvania and the State scholarship of $100 a year during his college years. Tho boy is Morris Sander. In one year he completed the fourth fifth and sixth grades at the ele- nentary school, in another two years he had graduated from junior high school, receiving the Ameri- can Legion award, and then he went to Northeast High School, where he won the two scholar- ships. Now he is taking a pre- engineering course at the univer- sity. Simultaneously with his public high school studies, he attended Hebrew school, and worked in the afternoons and on Saturdays in his unele'.s fruit store. ROUMANIAN GOVERNMENT WILL MOVE TO SOLVE MINORITIES QUESTION Bucharest (J. T. A.)--A bill regu- lating "satisfactorily" the problem of the national minorities m Rou- mania will soon be introduced by the Roumanian government, it was an- nounced following a meeting of the Council of Ministers. Government Member Duca rc- ported on the bill and it was declared that the matter will be taken up in detail at the next scssion of the Council. The government also decided to launch relief action on a large scale in the famine region in Bessaral)ia with a view to preventing the feared outbreak of disorders. The Problems of the Seattle Talmud Torah A CONTINUATION. BY LEO GREENFIELD The reorganization of the Seattle Talmud Torah is a very difficult task. The trouble is that in the past it has been carried on within very basic principlcs. The Talmud Torah con- sists of classes; each class is a school in itself, none knowing seemingly what subjects and how much of them to cover i what results each class should give in a certain period of time. The idea of co-ordination has been absent. Each class should strictly be a stepping stone to the next higher step. When children have been promoted in the pus ' , they were still unpr pared for the advanced subjects. Therefore we have been standing upon disappointing grounds. Statistics have been made during the last two months in two classes. They how only twenty-fly per cent success ul s udc nts and the rest were failures. Th p obability is that the same ho.ds l rue in other classes Thc Talmud Torah has been satis- fied with the outstanding student and not with the average. No one paid attention to statistics of the normal student; groups were not com- pared-and lh unqualifed were also promoted. This is an embarrassing abnormal fact. Parents claim that their chPdren who are not doing o well at Talmud Torah are successful in the public schools. When conversing with the teachers they claim that they have tried several times to improve the general situation of the Talmud Torah but it proved unsuccessful on account of the board of directors, who have made it difficult for the teachers. The board of directors put the blame on the teachers The conclusion is that both sides must be to blame. It matters little who is to blame, for the past cannot bc turned back, but we inay profit by it in common sense. Let the errors of thepast serve as lessons for the future. Let every- body understand it as "rabbi-grid." Andthe "rabbi-gcld" should not be washed. The teachers of the Talmud Torah should open their eyes to the unfortunate proportion of the suc- cessful twenty-five out of a total of a hundred pupils. We deal with Jewish children. The days pass by and generation after generation are leaving the infuenee of the Talmud Torah and stepping into life with empty bags. Instead of the national spirit they are finding in their bags national chaos. The future problem of Talmud Torah is to fight assimilation, but not with negli- gence can they do it but with con- sciousness. Hand in hand must the board of directors go with the teacher in the reorganization work of the Talmud Torah. Let there not be outside difficulties in the way of the teacher and his work. The reorganization work cannot be done with one strike of the clock nor in one month. Not even in a year. The process must not be less than two years. ]t can not Im done in less tim(; than two years until all classes will function normally--but the im- provement will be immediate. The first thing that must be done is the reconstruetion of all classcs. It means re-selecting all thc children according to knowledge, and to re- arrange them into new classes, with- out considering the class that he has been attending. It must be under- stood that it is impossible to teach successfully chihlren grouped to- gether who have not the same know- +son Herod, surnamed Antipos, mar- ricd the King of Nabatca's daughter and divorced her to marry his broth- er's wife Herod]us. The Nabateans held out against Rome for long, but finally Rome prevailed and occupied it for a hundred years, until her down- fall, after which it was sacked I)y the barbarians. After that nothing is known of the town. The Crusaders for a time entered it, but from the end of the twelfth century, when they left, hardly anything more is heard of it until 1812. For nearly 600 years Petra disappeared from t|e ma ,p became a legend, almost -- myth. The world went marching on through the Middle Ages and through modern times, and Petra remained silent and solitary, an nnknown city. It was eventually rediscovered by Burck- hardt, the Swiss explorer, who dis- guised himself as an Arab and pene- trated into the forbidden area under the pretext of wishing to offer a sac- rifice to Aaron at his tomb at Mount Her. Burckhardt ran very serious danger and few ventured in his steps afterwards. It is only in recent years that the adventure, for it is still an adventure, can be accomplished in comparative safety. ])avid Roberts, the famous English artist, made some drawings of Petra in 1828, and Edward Lear, the non- sense i)oet also made some drawings of it. Both artists remained in Petra only three or four days, and their i drawings, though beautiful in them- !selves, are not valual)le as represen- :tations of Petra. Bomberg is the only othcr painter who has visited Petra, and he remained there for six months, longer than perhaps any white man. His pictures therel'ore are actual rec- ords as well as works of art. Born- berg journeyed to Petra twice. On the first occasion, he was compelled to leave it after bcing there only 17 days, owing to the unwillingness of his Arab escort to remain in so deso- late a place, and also because he had not provided himself with sufficient prowsions and materials for his long stay. His wife and he lived under tents. The ten Bedouin soldiers, who were relieved each month, to ease their monotony, behaved on the whole very well except on a few occa- sions when they got out of hand. The Emir Abdullah of Transjordan, his brother, King All, who was then King of the Hedjaz, and Colonel Cox, the Chief British Representative in Transjordan, took an active interest in Bomberg's work and saw to it that he was given ample assistance. His wife and he spent fourteen hours a day in the saddle, putting up at night in Bedouin camps. The Wahibis were roaming over Transjordan at this time, and traveling was therefore extremely difficult. The fear of meet- ing Wahibis or Bedouin robber bands kept them constantly on the look- out, with loaded rifles all the time. An aeroplane was sent in search during the most dangerous time, when Bomberg had lost touch with com- munications. It was under such conditions that these pictures of Petra, including the one on exhibition at the National Canadian Exhibition in Toronto. which shows the rick facade of the Northeastern Wall in Petra, were painted. People who speak with authority of the archeol- ogical and historical value of these records, regard Bomberg's paintings of Petra as something uniqu% as the most valuable existing record of the light and colour, the changing aspect I)y day and night of the wonderful old rock city of Petra. It is an im- portant thing that a young Jewish artist, an artist who is in touch with Jewis life and with the develop- ments in Palestine, of which too he has made some outstanding paint- ings, should have achieved the dis- tinction of going down to history in this capacity. And at the National Canadian Exhibition in Toronto, he is the only Jewish artist represented. --Copyright, 1928, by The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc. JERUSALEM LEADERS GIVE RECEPTION IN SUKKA TO ACTING HIGH COMMISSIONER Jerusalem (J. T. A.)--A reception in honor of Acting High Commissioner H. C. Luke was given in the Sukka of Joseph Meyuchas, president of the Jerusalem Kehillah. In his address, Mr. Meyuchas declared "the eyes of the whole world are upon Palestine." Replying, Mr. Luke stated jocularly that sometimes he wished the eyes of the world were turned less to Pales- tine. In his address he thanked the Jewish representatives for coopera- tion with the government. ledge of the subjects. The equaliza- tion of classes will be the first and greatest step. We can say with cer- tainty that it will give the most sat- isfactory results in a short time. The work of the teachers will be easier and it will open the way for the future necessary mprovements. The second thing m to work out a rogram. By looking upon the Seattle l'almud Torah as a chronic sick body it can be readily seen that the or- dinary program for a school will not be sufficient. We must work out a program for the next two years for each class so that it may be suitable for the classes which will be formed after reconstruction work. For the primary we can make immediately a normal program. But the remain'ing classes ran come to a normal standing gradually. The younger sooner; the ohlcr later. And as we have said before, in the course of a few years the Talmud Torah will surely come to a normal existancc. One thing we must demand--that it shouhl not remain ordy a dream and a fantasy. Immedatcly and detinitely we must approach the work. Coopera'tion between the school, the teachers, the board of directors and even the parcnts--and success will surely follow. J